One of Hollywood’s most famous actors is tied up in a whole slew of drama in his personal life and could certainly use your prayers right now.
On December 13, 75-year-old Robert De Niro privately filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, 63-year-old Grace Hightower. Unlike many celebrities, De Niro was able to keep this matter fairly hush-hush for quite some time.
Sources even claim that he went to the length of ensuring the court case was captioned “Anonymous vs. Anonymous.”
Unfortunately, we all know how things go with the fast-paced social media and that well-kept secret was held in for only about a month before tabloids got their hands on the information.
On December 17, the divorce was final and the two were set to move on with their separate lives. Only one matter held things up and has turned a bit sour: settling on custody of their daughter.
De Niro and Hightower share two children, a 20-year-old son, Elliot, and a 7-year-old daughter, Helen, that they welcomed via surrogate.
From the statements made following the official divorce, De Niro made sure to praise his ex for her motherly character. “I honor Grace as a wonderful mother and ask for privacy and respect from all as we proceed to develop our roles as partners in parenting.”
While this is certainly no outcome anyone would want to see in a marriage, we are glad to see they are working to keep the integrity of one another’s character in the process of the split. Please keep this family in your prayers as they navigate this new path in their lives.